John Callas  was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. As a small child, he dreamed of providing office space for attorneys. He would walk to school in all the elements, uphill both ways. He received a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Illinois in 1979 and his JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois – Kent College of Law in 1982. Following law school and an unsuccessful career as a stand-up comedian, John moved closer to his dream. John originally purchased the building which currently hosts The Law Centre as a back-up practice facility for his rock band, but in 1997 decided to repurpose it.  He created and founded The Law Centre, Ltd with Richard McCarthy and finally achieved his childhood aspirations. John has also been involved in a variety of community organizations and served a number of public appointments.